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and i also want to thank jenny, my girl, and all of the artists who helped us welcome in 2014. be safe, stay healthy, and have a wonderful year. and we'll see you back here in 2015! happy new year! good night! oh! turn up! [ cheers and applause ] -- captions by vitac --
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ed lg mego ken e 's but the truth is: there's so much in life we can't control. here's something we can: colorectal cancer. it's the second leading cancer killer in the u.s., but
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it is almost entirely preventable! most colon cancers start as polyps, and screening finds polyps, so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. if you're over 50, get screened. screening saves lives. it could really save your life. and lebron james went for a second championship title. the heat won in overtime in a game 7 with san antonio. alabama rolled over notre dame to claim back-to-back championships after a horrific
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injury of kevin ware, louisville won the championship. it was also a year of personal achievement and amazing comebacks. phil mickelson made four birdies over the final six holes of the british open to shoot a blistering five under six to win there. and diana nyad tried and failed four times to swim from cuba without a protective cage. and she finally went the distance. as always, there was an ugly side. after a decade of denial, lance armstrong finally came clean on his steroid use. former baseball mvp ryan braun did, as well, and served a
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65-game suspension. >> my position doesn't change, i didn't do it. >> new england patriot's tight end aaron hernandez went from glory to prison, he is behind bars waiting to stand trial for murder. and oscar pistorius will stand trial for the murder of his girlfriend in south africa. and we learned that even an nfl locker room is not immune from bullying. and jonathan martin said relentless words from a teammate forced him to leave the team. >> my actions were coming from a place of love. above the rim, acrobatic and new addition for the record books. quite a year in sports. 2013 marked the end of the road for one amazing athlete. >> march -- mariano rivera.
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>> the legendary yankees closer hung up his hat after 19 seasons and will be the last player to ever wear jackie robinson's number 42. karen travers, abc news. world news now continues after this from our abc stations.
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. 20as fil 2013 was filled with ups and downs. >> we were also given inspirational stories with people overcoming the odds. and here is a look back at the headlines of 2013.
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>> oh, my god, it's huge. >> go, go, go, go. >> we're looking at storms rumbling and shape shifting. >> it is just total devastation. >> there are empty spaces where there used to be living rooms and bedrooms and classrooms. >> everything is on fire. >> just takes a breath of wind for the fire to reignite. >> caused the death of 19 firefighters. >> nobody cut and run or tried to get out of the way. >> roofs flying out in all directions. >> then the water just started coming. >> just death and devastation everywhere. >> we're so very hungry and thirsty. >> we're just doing as much as we can. >> more than half the runners were through. the first bomb explodes.
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the desperate search for jokhar and tamerlan tsarnaev. virtually shut down metropolitan boston. >> they got him. >> never seen anything like this. >> we do have confirmed fatalities. >> a look at what the victims saw inside navy yard building 197. >> he aimed his gun. >> a teacher, he got shot in the chest. >> a tsa officer is not going to go home to their family. >> it is nothing short of amazing that we had 123 people walk away from this. >> are you happy that the military deposed president morsi yesterday? >> yes. >> opponents and supporters of egypt's ousted president firing guns and fireworks. >> our nation has lost its greatest son. >> we will never see the likes of nelson mandela again.
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>> this fight of syria's chemical weapons is not a game, it is serious, it should be enforced. it is important to the world that this be enforced, the agreement we came out of geneva with. >> terrorists are holding a dozen hostages inside the west gate mall. >> we, the jury, find george zimmerman not guilty. >> trayvon martin was an innocent kid walking home. >> she simply snapped. >> first degree murder, guilty. >> this is the most significant leak of classified information. >> manning was convicted of 20 of the 22 major charges, including espionage, theft and computer fraud. >> every hour that ticks by puts our country closer to a shutdown. >> it's just not fair. >> by one estimate, the 16-day shutdown cost $1.4 billion a day. >> word of a deal sent stocks running back up. >> mr. snowden is accused of
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leaking classified information. >> even if you're not doing anything wrong you're being watched or recorded. >> we did not spy on anyone except for valid foreign intelligence purposes. >> the website did not work as well as it should. >> frozen pages, crashes. >> if you like your plan you can keep your plan. >> now they're being told they can't. >> i do make apologies for not having executed it better. that is on me. >> help me, i'm amanda berry. i have been kidnapped and i've been missing for ten years. and i'm here, i'm free now. >> due to amanda's brave actions, these three women are alive. >> i will not let the situation define who i am. >> overturned, obviously, very excited. >> equality. >> i declare you lawful spouses. >> they call him the people's pope. we welcome the humble duty, of a
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welcome back, 2013 was the year of viral ads, some of them were funny, and some of them well, they just fell flat. >> some ads were moving and inspiring while others became the topic of water cooler discussions. abc's chris connelly shows us the most memorable spots. >> reporter: everyone loves it when a clydesdale finally reunites with its owner to the strains of stevie nicks or will ferrell. when his ron burgundy gets giddy over the glove box in a dodge durango. or race car driver jeff gordon for pepsi max. goes under cover on a revved-up test drive.
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or jean claude van damme romps with volvo trucks. but in a 2013 kind of lacking in a water cooler commercials, what made for a delightful or disastrous ad kind of depended on your point of view. >> what made a lot of ads news worthy, they were longer, they used things like viral pranks to get people to share them on line. >> reporter: and this much-buzzed about commercial. >> i just shipped my pants and it is very convenient. >> i just shipped my pants. >> reporter: appealing or vulgar. or this hump day ad, will it make you laugh? >> guess what today is? >> it is hump day. >> reporter: or a look at the gecko. >> looking at a business life might help, too. >> reporter: it was a big year
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for epic ads like this one, a two-minute spot for the ram truck. best of the year ads may be rare and can flourish in any medium. >> somebody to seed, weed, feed, and rake. chris connelly, abc news, los angeles. >> when they're memorable, they really are, i remember every single one of them, especially hump day. i can't tell you how many wednesdays we were here, john and i, and would say you know what today is? it's hump day! >> i can do the splits. >> you can't tease me like that. come on now. hey. >> that is us. >> oh, that is us. >> get a free one. >> you get to watch one, you get a free one to watch. >> costs a lot of money. >> this is abc's world news now. informing insomniacs for two decades.
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for colon cancer? get tested i don't have any symptoms. [female announcer] of cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cancer killer in the united states. and it doesn't always cause symptoms, especially early on. but i'm only 53. i'm too young. [announcer] screening is recommended for men and women beginning at 50. but no one in my family had colon cancer. it doesn't run in my family. [announcer] most colorectal cancers occur in people with no family history of the disease. but. that test... [announcer] there are several kinds of screening tests for colorectal cancer... talk to your doctor about which one is right for you. i've been screened...and it turned out i had polyps. and the doctor removed them before they had a chance to turn into cancer! [announcer] no buts about it... this is one cancer you can prevent! if you're 50 or older, talk to your doctor and get screened for colorectal cancer. screening saves lives!
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good morning, i'm muhammad lila filling in for john muller. and i'm diana perez. here are some of the top headlines we're following on "world news now." residents of a small north dakota town have an all-clear. but alarms are sounding now, we'll have the details coming up. and the california hospital who declared a california teen brain dead after removes her tonsils is refusing to give her a tracheotomy tube. she needs it before she can be transferred to a new york clinic. and researchers say a daily dose of vitamin e gives alzheimer's patients six months longer and helps
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them getting dressed and making meals. and happy new year to each and every one of you, 2014 came in with a bang as more than a million people crammed into times square, the crowds braving cold temperatures ringing in the new year are with the famous ball dropping. those are some of our top stories on this wednesday, january 1st. happy new year, everybody. happy new year. look at us ringing in the new year together. >> am i not the luckiest man in america right now? >> oh, how sweet are you? i will say if i had to be anywhere in new york city, this is probably where i would want to be, i don't know that i would want to do times square. >> why don't you want to do times square? >> well, it is a lot of people, it's very cold, there's nowhere to use the bathroom and nowhere to eat and you usual ly can't hear or see anything by the time you get there. >> and if you want to see anything you have to line up five hours ahead of time.
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>> and there are all sorts of trucks. i'm trying to see, though. since this is live, i don't see a ton of crowds, and usually the way it works, the ball drops, everybody scatters. >> and what you don't see is all of it has to be cleaned up by tomorrow morning. >> and because new york is so incredible, by tomorrow morning it will be completely cleaned up. >> absolutely, you won't even know anything happened the night before. >> isn't that cool. >> it's crazy. well, good morning once again. we do begin that half hour with the train wreck in frigid north dakota, residents are back in their homes but are warned there could be still serious smoke and even fire. >> after such a serious incident the safety questions begin. abc's alex perez has more. >> reporter: more than 24 hours later the massive fire is still smoldering near castleton, north carolina. the flames began after a grain train derailed striking the area with crude oil. with toxic dark plumes hovering, authorities taking no chances
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urging residents of the town of 2400 to get out. no casualties, but this is the third explosion in the last six months involving trains carrying crude oil from north dakota. a 90-car train derailed in alabama, and another in quebec last july killed 47 people. castleton's mayor believes the string of accidents raises questions. >> it's not a matter of if but when. >> reporter: environmental activists also questioned the condition of the cars used to transport oil. >> we're using old, outdated and unsafe rail cars to move massive volumes of crude oil. >> reporter: and that derailment investigation could lead to changes in rail safety and to changes in how north dakota crude oil is transported and handled. the good news is those evacuation orders have been lifted and the residents are allowed to return home. alex perez, abc news, chicago. and the low in castleton is more than 20 below. about what it is five hours to
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the east in duluth, minnesota. forecasters say duluth's cold wave will continue through friday. but here is something strange. lake superior is steaming, and that is because the water temperature is much warmer than the air temperature, which causes the steam, of course. don't look for rock salt on store shelves in northern vermont. there isn't any. storms ran out last week during that storm. the merchants have ordered more but it may not arrive in time for the storm now moving into that area. public works departments say they do have enough road salt for now. they stocked up months ago although it is going pretty quickly. and the latest storm in the plains could dump up to a foot of snow in the northeast. >> and it is not good news for travelers. jim dickey is tracking the storm. good morning. >> good morning and happy new year, it will be a cold and snowy start to 2014 for many locations. we start off here today with snow already arriving across the plains into the midwest and great lakes. a couple inches piling up through the day cities like
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detroit, chicago, back into omaha. and this snow is set to spread off to the east, the upper low disturbance tracking through the day. late thursday into friday, snow will break out along the i-95 corridor here in particular, looking for heavy snow in southern new england, potentially blizzard conditions thursday night into friday morning. as far as accumulations are concerned we are looking for a band of 3 to 6 inches stretching from chicago, eastward, to northern p.a., western new york but the heaviest snow expected in new england. some spots more than a foot. that is the question. diana and muhammad, back to you. >> thanks, jim. and here is the rest of today's forecast, foggy in parts of the northwest. showers there tonight. picture perfect in california, arizona and texas. 3 in minneapolis. 70s, though, in southern california, 73 in phoenix, 50 in seattle, 40 in both denver and salt lake city, 25 in kansas city, 23 in chicago. 79 will be the high in miami. but just 34 for new york. former first lady barbara bush is waking up at a texas hospital this morning. mrs. bush is being treated for
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early signs of pneumonia at houston methodist hospital where she was admitted on monday. the former first lady is 88 years old. her family says that she is in great spirits and receiving fantastic care. meanwhile, secretary of state john kerry is heading back to the middle east today. he's hoping to get what official administration officials call a framework agreement in which which the middle east and palestinians can agree on. but one spokesperson said that kerry doesn't expect a breakthrough this week. some of the topics are jerusalem. there's slight improvement for race car driver michael schumaker. still too early to say whether the former race car driver will recover. schumacher hit his head while skiing in the french alps. now, he remains in a medically induced coma. he was wearing a helmet when he fell. it cracked but it may have saved his life. no new york year celebrations in volgograd,
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russia. while security at the winter olympics next month may be tight they showed that getting to the games could be dangerous. abc's alex marquardt has more. >> reporter: as the seconds tick down to the sochi games, the promise they will be the safest in history is seriously being questioned. two deadly attacks in two days have shaken that promise by president vladimir putin who had personally taken charge of the games and says he isn't taking any chances. in his new year's address, he vowed to pursue the terrorists until their total annihilation. after the suicide bombings that killed 34, security forces in volgograd arrested almost 90 people and searched 1500 buildings. but that has done little to easel growing worry of some on team saus. many say they're concerned about the attacks just 38 days before the game.
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this is exactly the scenario that russia wanted to avoid before sochi, and despite the crackdowns, russia knows all too well the mayhem that can be brought by its determined enemies. alex marquardt, abc news, london. pope francis ended 2013 with his first new year's eve mass. the pope used the prayer service to urge people to reflect on the year gone by. he asked them to think about whether they spent the year on their own interests or helping others. after the service, the pope went into st. peter's square to greet well wishers and check out a life-size nativity scene. well, he is not a pope but new york has a new mayor for the first time in 12 years. bill de blasio replaces michael bloomberg. the 52-year-old democrat is joined by his wife and children and told the crowd "this is the beginning of the road we'll travel together." >> so this obviously was a very small and intimate ceremony he had in his home. but there are going to be other ones.
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there will be official inauguration where he will be presented by former president clinton. >> we'll see him on the taxi advertisements. >> yes, instead of michael -- michael bloomberg. former mayor michael bloomberg as of just a couple of hours ago, look at that. >> i wonder what he will wind up doing. >> i don't know, maybe he will just wind up going back to being a billionaire. >> i think he has some money in his future. well, moving on, before the grown-up celebrations got under way in key west yesterday, about 200 little dogs had their day. >> thousands of spectators turned out for a parade of pooches. it was the annual parade. the dogs had a great time strutting through town in their adorable costumes. >> you know what that means? >> oh, my goodness. >> oh, wow. >> only in key west. i think it is appropo to say only in key west. >> come on --
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>> well, we can ring in the new year in style, too, can't we? look at the flashy little doohickeys here. >> if the dog can wear a hat, so can i. >> exactly. happy new year! coming up, the legacies of 2013 as we look ahead to 2014. and a tribute to 2013 like no others, the animators of jibjab went looking for headlines. >> the parade begins at the tournament of roses in just hours. you're watching "world news now." preview. you're watching world news now. removal. >> world news now weather brought to you by no, no hair removal.
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welcome back. before stanford and michigan state meet later today for the hundredth tournament of the roses game, there is a granddaddy of pageantry taking place in pasadena. >> an annual tradition, the rose parade always entertains. we have a preview of the beautiful floats that you will see in this year's parade. >> reporter: thanks to thousands of hours of work by volunteers and tens of thousands of dollars, dreams really do come true. most of this year's floats are just about done. volunteers are now just touching up a few things. it's been a labor of love. how do you do it? >> for the enjoyment of it. and just to see the float go from plain nothing to this. >> reporter: judges are looking at the floats with a critical eye. phoenix decorating was responsible for decorating 21 of the floats. >> there are 44 floats in this year's 125th tournament of roses parade. >> reporter: and these floats
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are judged from everything to what to what? >> their beauty, the craftsmanship, the decorating and the idea for the floats. something on our bucket list we've always wanted to do. >> reporter: some of them are pint-sized like catelynn rude. you wouldn't rather playing with dolls or video games? >> no, i like helping the community so this is fun for me. >> reporter: you want to tell all of the 12-year-olds out there to get out of the video games and volunteer? >> you need to stop like sitting around and help the community. >> reporter: yeah! yeah! leo stallworth reporting for abc news. >> by the way, this is the official 125th rose parade that we're going to see because before it was aired on television it started back in 1890. 125 years ago. >> i wish i had something intelligent, but all we have is this.
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the princess of the parade. >> oh, it's my wave. i've got the wave down pat by the way in case you're wondering. >> did you grow up doing that? >> i did. i learned this later in life. i also learned that i'm supposed to say all i want is world peace. coming up, the legacies of 2013 as we begin 2014. >> happy new year. you're watching "world news now." >> wmom was diagnosed withs alzheimer's at 58 years old. >> world news now continues for me, it was heart-wrenching. bea: it takes a toll on everyone. i mean, it's a depressing disease to watch unfold before your eyes. you just don't see -- the person's soul is, like, gone. lisa: this disease just ravages a family. it changes your life. the magnitude of it is indescribable. art: now is the moment. if we work together, we can stop this epidemic. grace: contact brightfocus and learn more.
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with 2013 behind us, we take a moment to take a look at the faces we lost last year. >> and from crime family's "the sopranos," here are the many people who inspired all of us and left us. >> he must be a millionaire.
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do you think i'm just anybody? do you? >> no, you can't have your old job back as maid here, i don't trust you anymore. good night, mother. >> it was like doing theater. >> oh, archie, you're home. >> that laughter just feeds you as an actor. ♪ those were the days [ applause ] ♪ that's the game for me and you now yeah let's give it a whirl ♪ ♪ beach blanket bingo ♪ he's in the army now blowing revelry he's the boogie woogie bugle boy of company b ♪ >> and to have it make a difference that you lived to tell. >> super bowl xvi.
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>> i run the crew my way. >> are you in the mafia? >> am i in the what? >> you lay a hand on him and you're going to answer to me. ♪ >> there is a fight between good and evil. and i just want people to believe that good is ultimately stronger. >> i'm roger ebert of "the chicago sun-times." films critics are important because films are important. >> what about the movie? what about the characters? what about the dialogue? >> the president can decide that it's in the best interest of the nation or something and do something illegal. >> or when the president does it that means it is not illegal. >> helen? >> helen? >> this is my inaugural moment here. >> we are the watchdogs. we are there and it is very important that we be there. >> i'm very sorry for the 48. >> they were right.
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britain needs an iron lady. >> i have cherished the idea of a democratic and free society. it is an idea for which i am prepared to die. >> don't call me, i'll call you. >> truly incredible moments and inspirational people. is there any one person that you will remember? >> no question, mandela, no question. >> i have to agree, and i don't know if it was because he was so incredibly inspirational throughout his life or because we heard so much about him in his life. >> and that brings us to the
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♪ i'm watching i'm watching i'm watching american television ♪ ♪ i'm watching i'm watching i'm watching american television ♪ finally on this new year's day, every year we get a treat from our friends at jibjab.com. >> anticipate, of course, this year is no different. sung to the tune of "give my regards to broadway" here are the folks at jibjab's year in review ♪ 2013 it's time to send you on your way ♪
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♪ chi town obama care was finally here ♪ ♪ mayors caught what a year ♪ arrivederci we decided it's okay for gays to wed ♪ ♪ look what's there a royal baby we really knocked them dead ♪ ♪ harlem shaking i got my sweats and butt in gear ♪ ♪ my empire grew bigger i said [ bleep ] ♪ ♪ what a year hey what's the hold up i'm a tv actor. i transformed a nation showoff ♪ ♪ blockbuster and fox and go
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♪ twisters there was way more than we can even fit 2013 what a year ♪ >> so muhammad can't believe that i don't know what the fox thing is about. >> what does the fox say? >> i have no idea what that is. >> wow. >> do i have to look it up? >> that is the new gangnam style. >> is it really? >> you know "gangnam style." someone should tweet her. what does the fox say? >> all right. well, this is what i have to say. this is my last good-bye to you guys for quite sometime. i'm going on maternity leave to have my baby boy. next tuesday. i will be sending in pictures. i just want to say thank you one more time. stuff, and thank you.
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this morning on "world news now," happy new year, the celebrations worldwide, and the millions of people here in new york here under heavy security. the global holiday traditions as we welcome in 2014. storm watch, after days of arctic conditions, a big section of the country is bracing for another winter storm as some places run out of road salt. the concerns for holiday travelers, and the latest from accuweather. and he made it, the 9-year-old boy climbing south america's highest mountain. >> he was better physically fit than i was. in fact, i should have worked harder to keep up from him. >> and the children who will
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benefit from this young guy's tremendous generosity. it is new year's day, wednesday, january 1st. good morning, everyone, we want to be the first to say happy 2014. >> happy new year. >> thanks for joining us. >> we have all kinds of fun stuff over here. i'm going to break them all out right at the beginning so i want everybody to see what we're working with. >> you're doing it i'm going to do it. >> we have to go all the way. i only spent two hours in the hair and makeup chair. >> i'm going to keep this. >> you should. >> i might keep this. >> once we're done here i know you're going to go out to times square and really start to party. i know you are. all right. can i do the whole newscast like this? do we have any serious news today? >> no, no, no. >> i can do the whole thing like this. okay, let's get started. we begin with the jubilation around the globe. millions of people turning out in city after city to usher in 2014. >> as always, times square
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jam-packed with revelers braving the cold for hours to see the world famous ball drop and of course the tons of flying confetti. abc's marci gonzalez got the best assignment of the day, of the year, she got to be in the middle of it. good morning, marci. >> reporter: good morning, diana and muhammad. of course, the most famous new year's eve party in the world is in times square. but long before the confetti fell here in new york city, the festivities started across the globe. bright and beautiful. 2014 starting with a bang. the new year's celebrations began yesterday morning. auckland, new zealand, among one of the first places to say good-bye to 2013. every hour after another stunning show from australia where more than 1 million people gathered to watch the fireworks display over the sydney opera house to the
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extravagant light show and singing crowds in shanghai. ♪ happy new year to you all >> reporter: this scotland, this isn't a one-night celebration. their new year's festival lasts three days. >> it is really magical. >> reporter: and here in the u.s., the giant peach that dropped at midnight in atlanta had some company this year. while in mobile, alabama, they rang in the new year with a 600-pound moon pie. and, of course, here in new york, the traditional confetti and kisses as the waterford crystal ball dropped at midnight ringing in 2014 from the crossroads of the world. and all of those revelers braved some serious cold last night. at midnight it felt like temperatures in the teens. muhammad and diana, back to you.
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all right, marci, thank you. it feels even colder in the upper midwest because it is even colder. the mercury in duluth hit 21 below 0 yesterday and with the windchill it felt like it was 40 below, yet there was a strange sight on lake superior and that is because the water temperature is so much warmer than the air temperature. and with the snow on the ground and more on the way there is something that you don't want to hear at a hardware story, we're out of salt. the shelves are bare at the local hardware store and because of the storm, they they ordered more but no idea when it will arrive. the local stores are stocked up, though. salt crews will be busy right across the northern third of the country once again. >> yes, another punishing storm could interfere with holiday travelers yet again. let's get the latest from accuweather meteorologist jim dick dickey. good morning. >> good morning, across the country we're seeing snowfall from the great lakes in the ohio valley back on into the plains.
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a couple inches piling up in many locations. that includes omaha, and chicago and into the detroit area and then showers along the gulf coast here, too. so slow travel in these areas as we head to the late part of the week. area of low pressure going to form up along the coast, bring significant snow to many locations. the heaviest in new england. we could be talking a foot-plus in some locations, back to you, diana and muhammad. all right, jim dickey, thank you. a voluntary evacuation order has been lifted following a disastrous freight train explosion. it's still smoldering. it triggered a giant explosion. now the mayor of castleton can calling on federal officials to do more on the nation's growing shipment of oil by rail. and the legal fight is not over this morning for a california teen declared brain dead after having her tonsils removed. the family of 13-year-old jahi mcmath says federal facilities are willing to take her if she gets a
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tracheotomy tube first but the children's hospital in oakland is refusing to allow an outside doctor to perform the procedure, saying jahi is legally dead. her family believes she can be revived. there is some improvement reported for michael schumacher but it may not be enough. the veteran formula one race car driver suffered a brain injury in a skiing accident this week in the french alps. he has had a second surgery now but doctors are not saying what his chances are now. schumacher retired last year and turns 45 on friday. and former first lady barbara bush is in a texas hospital this morning being treated for early signs of pneumonia. mrs. bush is described as having respiratory-related issues. the former first lady is 88 years old. now, the family is saying that she is in great spirits and receiving fantastic care. millions of americans living with alzheimer's disease. researchers say a daily dose of vitamin e might slow the progression of mild to moderate
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alzheimer's. it gives them six months longer to perform simple daily tasks such as getting dressed, bathing and making meals. the study involves more than 600 older veterans. well, dozens of people in maine wrapped up 2013 with a big chill and thrill. >> the hearty souls of all ages stripped down to shorts and t-shirts and bathing suits for an icy plunge at portland beach. and that was after a 5k run in the frigid new england winter. >> the annual polar bear dip and dash took place in temperatures hovering in the single digits. not a chance. >> you wouldn't do that? >> what? would you do that? >> i would totally do that. >> you would not do that. >> i would totally do that. >> you would strip down to your tighty whities and go for a dip? >> if it was cool i would jump in. >> while we're inside. nice try. >> no, but for real, i would do it. it looks like a lot of fun. >> maybe like a once in a
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lifetime experience i will go and take pictures, but there is no way. >> i mean, it is not like you're hanging out there for half an hour swimming like a triathlon, you're going and you're coming out. >> still, it's freezing. then you got icicles coming off you >> that's a good point. coming up we begin 2014 by remembering the big news events of 2013. stay tuned for our look backwards. and a little boy with a bill goal. he climbed south america's tallest mountain for a very important reason. we'll tell you why. you're watching "world news now." >> world news now weather, brought to you by gerber life insurance. e.
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♪ do i love you my, oh, my, river deep mountain high ♪ ♪ yeah, yeah, yeah welcome back on this new year's day. a 9-year-old southern california boy has something to brag about when he is asked what he did over his holiday break. >> tyler armstrong is believed to be the youngest person to climb south america's tallest mountain, and the reason why he did it makes this hour the favorite story of the day! here's abc's brandi hitt to show us. >> reporter: while most children
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were opening their christmas presents, tyler armstrong was scaling south america's tallest mountain to give to children who can't walk. >> it was worth missing christmas. >> reporter: this 9-year-old from yorba linda, california, climbed the mountain in 10 days, up 22,000 feet, all to raise money to cure duchenne, a crippling muscle disease that affects nearly 3,000 boys worldwide, including tyler's friend who welcomed him home. >> a lot of kids are just happy to walk and tyler does this and really provides a lot of hope for us. >> to be a 9-year-old and have a big heart like that kind of makes me want to cry. >> reporter: during this climb it is believed tyler set a new record. >> i'm the youngest person to climb this mountain. >> reporter: on a day when temperatures reached negative 19 degrees, his first call was to his mother back home. >> i just could not sleep. tyler calls me and says, hi,
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mom, merry christmas, and i was just so excited. i started to cry knowing he was safe. >> reporter: tyler is no stranger to climbing, he has scaled mt. whitney, kilimanjaro and acongaua. >> i should have worked out harder to keep up with him. >> reporter: his parents say tyler's adventures have been his idea and this 9-year-old says he'll keep climbing until a cure is found for his friends. >> usually i take three months off and then i'm back on the game. hopefully one day they can climb with me. >> reporter: tyler told me he's thinking about climbing mt. elbris because the cold weather there could help him tackle mt. mckinley in alaska. diana and muhammad. the forefront of breaking news events. >> that was the case in 2013. we'll share some unforgettable memories of this past year. and speaking of 2013, we'll look at the best and worst
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commercials you've seen in the past year. that is in our next hour on "world news now." world news now continues after you know, from a young age. i definitely want to major in political science.
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become the mayor or something. make the situation better for other people. my name is justin, and i am your dividend. ♪ as our "world news now" viewers know, news never seems to stop even at this hour. >> this humble overnight early morning program is there for all the big stories. and here is a look back at some of the stories covered in 2013. >> so what it was for the president and our nation -- >> the second inauguration of president obama is now in the history books. >> if we are truly created equal then surely the love we commit
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to one another must be equal as well. >> on saturday morning, hillary clinton will not have a job. friday is her last day as secretary of state. >> i'm not making any commitments or obligations. >> it seems a remote part of russia did get a versus from space. at least one meteorite streaked across the sky early this morning triggering powerful shock waves. >> pope benedict, now down to his final hours as the head of the roman catholic church. [ speaking a foreign language ] >> the world welcomes a new pope, a man by all accounts humble and holy whose very name marks a new beginning. >> terror at the boston marathon. one explosion shatters a celebration, turning a day of joy into a deadly nightmare. >> i saw the flash of fire and smoke and i just ran as fast as i could. >> the finish line of this
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iconic event a scene of horror. >> and i looked over and saw just a pile of bodies. the worst thing i think i have ever seen in my life. >> this is so overwhelming. it's like a nightmare. >> we will find whoever harmed our citizens, and we will bring them to justice. >> we have a special report here. major developments in boston right now. police and fbi descending on the watertown area, not far from city of boston where a suspect is in custody. >> new video shows him hiding in a boat as stun grenades exploded leading to his capture. >> we have a truly disastrous situation unfolding. >> that is right, we want to begin this half hour with breaking news from texas, a fatal explosion at a fertilizer plant. >> and amanda berry's relatives could not believe it, her brother and cousin had not spoken to amanda in more than ten years. news cameras were there when the phone rang and here's part of that joyful conversation. >> i'm glad to have you back.
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i thought you were gone. >> i want to tell everybody who has helped me and my family through this entire ordeal. >> the fiery is certainly harrowing to the millions who take to the sky every year. >> something coming out. the explosion coming out. >> not guilty. >> with those words, george zimmerman left the seminole county courthouse a free man. his month-long trial over. his attorney telling abc news in an exclusive interview he will soon get back a central piece of evidence, the gun he used to kill trayvon martin. >> i think he feels truly in his heart that if he had not had that weapon that night he would not be here. >> so do you think if he could he would carry a gun again? >> yes. >> we just got word that katherine duchess of cambridge formerly known as kate middleton has been admitted to the hospital. the crowd will get the first
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glimpse of the baby when the family emerges from the hospital. >> these things are behind me 100%. >> we're going to begin this half hour with the growing pressure on pharmaceuticaler congressman anthony weiner to get out of the new york mayor's race. >> his campaign manager quit. >> i would like to make clear i made terrible mistakes and hurt the people i care about the most. and i'm deeply sorry. >> we're in the final countdown for a major change in how americans get their health care. president obama is bringing out the big guns, the sceptics say it will not be cheaper and healthier. >> i will embarrassingly admit i took the coward's way out. do you like green eggs and ham? i do not like them, sam i am, i do not like green eggs and ham, thank you, thank you, sam i am. >> it hasn't happened at fenway park for 95 years. the red sox are world champions. >> the shooting happened at the state's largest mall in paramus.
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>> the mall was just about to close when the shots rang out near the nordstrom department store. >> have you purchased illegal drugs in the last two years? >> yes, i have. >> i'm not an addict of any sort. >> you are not being truth. . >> i am not being truthful? have you been in that house? >> i have no interest in being in that house. i'm not a crack user. >> there were so many people out there that were touched by this man that have their own stories that will live on because of his legacy. ♪ >> what a year. >> it is amazing the amount of things not only that we report on but that you kind of forget as the year goes by. >> is there one story that stands out for you? >> well, i have to say the amount of hype that the royal birth got, but i think it was the boston bombing that took everybody to realize once again how vulnerable we are. >> and how the city came back so strong. >> not only the city, but the red sox brought it home for
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them, as well. >> coming up as 2014 gets started, a special announcement coming up. >> that is right, we'll have that coming up next.
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♪ baby baby baby ooh like baby baby baby no ♪ ♪ like baby baby you like the music, don't you? in this special new year's music edition of "the mix," it is time for diana to get ready for her special delivery so we have prepared a special maternity send-off, so you haven't seen this yet so take a look. >> it is time to come clean. >> i'll get the taxi. >> we have time for that. it is time to come clean. we're having a baby. >> yay! >> diana. got a six-footer in there? >> gosh, i hope not. although i'm pretty sure i have got a soccer player. next time with my pregnant self will ride on big rigs.
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that is what i need to have this kid. >> need to find a way to put this somewhere. >> no comment. >> the cord with all the electronic apparatus and the umbilical cord. >> before we have our baby -- >> then we both leave. we're both going on maternity leave. >> i hate to be cheating on you. i got to get a new tv wife. >> knock me up and now you leave me. >> before i leave. this is not my baby, some people thought this really is my baby. >> this is not his child. >> i mean we're close, but we're not that close. >> wow. so, diana, you know you're going to be making a special announcement but before you do, the entire tv -- >> look, we're having a baby shower. a very un traditiontraditional baby shower. thank you so much to all of you guys. so the announcement is i was going to be here until friday.
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but the doctor advised me to take some days off so my last day will be today. thank you so very much to all of you guys, i really appreciate it. everything is fine, just a couple of days of rest. but i have to set the record straight. rob nelson is not the father. [ laughter ] no matter what you hear or what you see, rob nelson is not the father of the baby. but anyway, i can't thank you guys enough for all of this wonderful, wonderful stuff. thank you, guys, again, and thank you for coming out here. i love the support. i always get so much support. >> tell us when can we expect the first photos? >> next tuesday, the baby arrives, it is scheduled, we're having a baby next tuesday and we know it's a baby boy and name and all of that is just about set, so next tuesday is the big day. >> wow. are you nervous? >> i'm so nervous. they say you get used to it after you have a couple, but that is not true. you're still just as nervous as ever. >> you will be fine and you have the great team, everybody here supporting you. >> they're actually all coming to the hospital room, this is my support team, i carry them everywher
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this morning on "world news now," freezing new year, more than a million bundled up people ringing in the new year in new york's times square as the punishing storm heads across the country, the concern for travelers. and passengers on board a ship for days stuck in the ice. the latest rescue attempts and the long wait for help. unforgettable year from the extreme weather conditions to the world welcoming in a new king. we'll take you down a walk on memory lane from 2013. and from the clever to the annoying. the commercials people paid attention to whether they liked the ads or not. it is new year's day, january 1st.
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>> good morning on this new year's day. i'm muhammad lila filling in for john muller. and i'm diana perez. muhammad, did you think on new year's day you would be spending it here? >> i did, because this is where i spent last year. >> so you knew you were going to be here. well, if you weren't here with me, which i know is exactly where you want to be, where would you be? >> i would be at home with my family, i think, curled up under a blanket watching the festivities probably telling the kids to go to bed because it's too late for them. >> so now you did a little bit of the times square experience last year. this year you said you wanted to stay as far away from it as possible. >> you do it once and, you know, you've kind of have been there, done that. >> that's true. at least you do it. by the way, we have the champagne flutes. we can at least toast an empty
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glass. all right, well, let's get started. good morning and happy new year's day to you, as well. we begin with the bone-chilling weather for millions of americans from minnesota all the way to maine. >> temperatures felt like the teens last night but that didn't stop a million people from packing into times square to ring in 2014 with that famous ball dropping. abc's ginger zee has the latest on the deep freeze and another storm on the way. >> reporter: those are you kidding me temperatures and wind chills gripping everyone from wisconsin to illinois to maine tonight. >> they're freezing in about two seconds. >> reporter: look at this thermometer from minnesota, can you see that? that is 50 below 0. the frigid air blanketing hundreds of fresh wrecks on minnesota roads and in chicago a barely there crowd bundled at the lincoln park zoo and this family visiting from minnesota with a bit of perspective. >> this is summer breakdown here. it was a 50-degree difference from here and home.
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>> reporter: a million people packing times square, security is tight. thousands of nypd's finest will be on hand. >> this is a frozen area. >> reporter: and then there is that brilliant crystal ball above the crowd weighing almost 12,000 pounds and covered with almost 2700 waterford crystal triangles. right now we've got that low pressure system that's going to slide across chicago going to see snow tonight into tomorrow. we can talk about significant snow from there to northeast michigan. you see the offshore low that wraps it up toward the end of the week. that is thursday into friday. snow totals are big. ginger zee, abc news, new york. >> all right. here is a look at your weather here. it is going to be a good day to stay indoors and watch those bowl games in the southern part of the country, which will see a soaking rain along the gulf coast this morning moving north into the rest of the southeast later in the day. >> while the northern tier of the country will stay below zero all day.
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temperatures in the southwest in the 70s and lower 80s. another major headline this morning, former first lady barbara bush is in a texas hospital being treated for early signs of pneumonia. mrs. bush was admitted to the houston methodist hospital on monday with what is described as respiratory-related issues. the family says she is in great spirits and receiving fantastic care. the former first lady is 88 years old. >> a voluntary evacuation order has been lifted following that fiery train derailment in north dakota. the wreckage is still smolderring, after the giant explosion. we already know the tankers involved were older models and have shown a tendency to rupture in previous accidents. >> we are using outdated and unsafe railcars to move massive volumes of crude oil. >> now, the mayor of castleton is now calling on federal
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officials to do more to ensure the safety of the nation's growing shipment of oil by rail. now, this is where you need, i think, as many rules and regulations as you can get if you're transporting this type of flammable material, this can't continue to happen. >> you know, it's one of those things you don't think about but there is a tremendous amount of crude oil that gets passed on trains every single day. >> this is true, this is also not the first time it happened in this region. it was a train loaded with crude oil from north dakota that went out of control, this happening in quebec, of course, causing a huge explosion that killed a total of 47 people and destroyed a number of buildings in this town also originating from north dakota. >> we were rolling that footage yesterday on the explosion. that is one of the biggest explosions i've seen in months if not years. >> yes, that was pretty intense, the fireball. and airlifting the crew stuck on ice, on hold right now. the weather is not good enough for the flights.
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but as we are hear from abc's gio benitez spirits aboard that stuck ship are still high. >> reporter: a united front, the stranded passengers stomping on sea ice to the tune of that famous new we're song "auld lang syne." creating a makeshift heli-pad for a rescue. >> stomp down on the snow and iso the chinese helicopter can reach us when the weather improves. >> reporter: this after three ice breaking ships like this one couldn't shatter miles of that schick ice to reach the ship. watch in this time-lapsed video as it cries and tries again. the latest rescue plan most of the 74 on board will be flown in groups of 12 to a chinese ice breaker nearby. from there they will shall carried by barge to the australian ice breaker at the edge of the sea ice. for now on this holiday, a message. >> happy new year. >> reporter: gio benitez, abc news, new york.
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the archdiocese of philadelphia has helped post bail for the first catholic church official convicted in the sex abuse scandal. monsignor william lynn's conviction for his handling of the abuse claims was overturned last week. he needed to pay $25,000 before his release and likely it will come in the next coming days. well, the state of utah is not giving up on banning same-sex marriage. the state is now asking the supreme court to halt the unions permitted after a federal judge's ruling. state officials say same-sex marriages are, quote, an afront to the will of the state and its residents and it wants the marriages to stop while it appeals that ruling. meanwhile, the law of the land is changing in many ways. several states are increasing the minimum wage, others will permit more private use of marijuana and there are some strange ones, as well, here's abc's linsey davis.
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>> reporter: out with the old, in with the new laws, that is. yes, legislators have big plans for 2014. some of them pretty standard. 14 states will see increases in minimum wage. california is enforcing stricter punishment for those pesky paparazzi. while colorado and washington will host marijuana retailers for the nation's first legal recreational pot industry. which brings us to a few of the new laws hitting the books that may have you thinking, just what were those legislators smoking? hate it when you're out drinking in wisconsin and can't catch a cab? the badger state will legalize pedal pumps, multi-person bikes with a bar mounted on top that ferries riders to and from bars. everyone pedals and steers, and you enjoy one for the road. think the only lemon law applies to used cars? nope. illinois will join states where you can also return your pets
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and get reimbursed for any vet costs if illness was not disclosed by the seller. the land of lincoln also banning tanning for anyone 17 and under. and mothers in oregon will soon get to bring home more than just their baby from the hospital. that's right. it will soon be legal for them to bring their placenta home too since ingesting the placenta is known to have positive health benefits post childbirth. linsey davis, abc news, new york. apple is denying working with the national security agency to tap your iphone. a german publication reports nsa has a program that lets the electronic spy agency access contacts, text message, locations and even listen in on voice mail. it is reportedly called dropout g. but apple denies that it has
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created a back door in the operating system that would allow the access. and the dow jones industrial average gained 27% this year. there were similar gains on other stock exchanges during 2013, and it is making a difference for family nest eggs. abc's rebecca jarvis looks at the impact. >> reporter: stocks closing at a banner year. we kept in touch of you debating what to do with the hard earned savings. >> he wanted to pull everything out. i wanted to hope that it would come back. >> reporter: we met bill and kathy walters of illinois earlier this year, hoping to visit their grandchildren and travel on that nest egg. >> i retired in 2008, and my retirement crashed. >> reporter: then earlier this year, things started to look up. >> we could think about those places we want to travel that are still on our bucket list. >> reporter: now that you have stayed the course, how do you feel? >> more than tripled. very good, a great year. >> reporter: look at this, if you put $125,000 in a 401(k) at
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the start of the recession, you would have watched it fall sharply, all the way down to about $61,000 but if you stuck with it, the average 401(k) would be back and then some. tonight sitting at more than $167,000. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. and there is more bad news for target this morning. some of the gift cards sold sold during the holiday season were improperly activated. now target says it is a very small number, about 0.1% of the cards sold and it will honor them anyway, but it is a black eye on the personal information that exposed some information on the credit and debit cards. meanwhile, a different problem for walmart manager. beef thieves. that manager in central florida got a wild ride while trying to stop a couple he suspected of trying to shoplift beer from the store. he jumped in the back of their truck as they sped down a busy interstate. but he says the couple stopped twice to try to get him out of the truck and beat him up.
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>> one time they tried to beat me up, and i fought with them and lost my glasses. the second was in the back woods or something, i'm not going to get out for you to run me over. >> vigilante justice. he says he threw cans of beers out of the truck at other cars hoping to attract some attention and guess what, it worked. but the pair did get away, apparently, though, without the beer. >> i would not want to buy that beer if he restocked it, right? you don't want to go anywhere near the beer. >> i just want to be the guy throwing that beer out. >> very nice. all right, there were some memorable moments in sports from the blackout at the super bowl. >> to controversy on and off the field. 2013 didn't disappoint those millions of fans who watched the high points and low points at the beginning of the year. here's abc's karen travers with a look back. >> reporter: 2013 was a year of sports triumph but also tragedy. terror at the boston marathon, twin bombs at the finish line, three people were killed, more
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than 200 were injured. the sports city rallied behind the slogan, boston strong, and their teams embraced it. the bruins made an improbable playoff comeback before losing the stanley cup to the chicago blackhawks but the red sox went worst to first and won the third world series title in a decade. >> we have been through a lot this year. and this is for all of you and all the families who struggled with the bombing earlier this year. >> reporter: other champions were crowned. the baltimore ravens didn't let a blackout at new orleans super dome darken their quest for a title. jimmie johnson returned to nascar glory motoring his way to a sixth championship. and lebron james went for a second championship title. game six was an interesting classic. the heat won in overtime in a game seven with san antonio. >> we're here to win multiple champions. >> reporter: alabama rolled over notre dame to claim
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back-to-back championships. after a horrific injury of kevin ware, louisville won the championship. but it was florida gulf coast that electrified basketball wins. they reached the sweet 16. it was also a year of personal achievement and amazing comebacks. phil mickelson made four birdies over the final six holes of the british open to shoot a blistering 5 under 66 to win his first title there. diana nyad tried and failed four times to swim from cuba without a protective cage. in september she finally went the distance. team usa won eight consecutive races to capture the america's cup. as always there was an ugly side to sports. after a decade of denial, lance armstrong finally came clean on his steroid use. former baseball mvp ryan braun did, as well, and served a 65-game suspension. alec rodriguez was hit with a
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211-game suspension, but he appealed it and continued to play. >> my position doesn't change, i didn't do it. >> new england patriots tight end aaron hernandez went from glory to prison, he is behind bars waiting to stand trial for murder. south african sprinter oscoscar pistorius, the blade runner, will stand trial for the murder of his girlfriend in south africa. and we found an nfl locker room is not safe from bullying. jonathan martin said relentless words from a teammate forced him to leave the team. >> my actions were coming from a place of love. above the rim, acrobatic and collapse -- championships and a new addition for the record bookings. quite a year in sports. 2013 marked the end of the road for one amazing athlete. >> number 42. mariano rivera. >> reporter: the legendary yankees closer hung up his hat after 19 seasons and will be the last player to ever wear jackie robinson's number 42.
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karen travers, abc news. ♪ s. world news now continues after this from our abc stations.
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...until we found a connection. you have the power to change your child's life. the boys town national hline can help. (tdd# 1-800-448-1433) 2013 was filled with ups and downs. >> we were also given
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inspirational stories of people overcoming the odds. and here is a look back at the headlines of 2013. >> oh, my god, it's huge. >> go, go, go, go. >> we're looking at a sweep of storms rumbling and shape shifting. >> it is just total devastation. >> there are empty spaces where there used to be living rooms and bedrooms and classrooms. >> everything is on fire. >> just takes a breath of wind for that fire to reignite. >> caused the death of 19 firefighters. >> nobody cut and run the other direction. nobody tried to get out of the way. >> roofs flying out in all directions. then the water just started coming. >> just death and devastation everywhere. >> we're so very hungry and thirsty. >> we're just doing as much as we can. >> more than half the runners were through. the first bomb explodes. the desperate search for
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joke jokhar and tamerlan tsarnaev. >> we do have confirmed fatalities. >> a look at what the victims saw inside navy yard building 197. >> he aimed his gun at us and then he fired. >> a teacher, he got shot in the chest. >> a tsa officer is not going to go home to their family. >> it is nothing short of a miracle that we had literally 123 people walk away from this. >> are you happy that the military deposed president morsi yesterday? >> yes. >> where? >> opponents and supporters of egypt's ousted president firing guns and fireworks. >> our nation has lost its greatest son. >> we will never see the likes of nelson mandela again.
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>> this fight about syria's chemical weapons is not a game, it's real, it's important to the world that this be enforced, this agreement that we came out of geneva with. >> armed terrorists are reportedly holding rough lyly a dozen hostages inside the westgate mall. >> we, the jury, find george zimmerman not guilty. >> trayvon martin was an innocent kid walking home. >> she simply snapped. >> first degree murder, guilty. >> this is the most significant leak of classified information. >> manning was convicted of 20 of the 22 major charges, including espionage, theft and computer fraud. >> every hour that ticks by puts our country closer to a shutdown. >> it's just not fair. >> by one estimate, the 16-day shutdown cost $1.4 billion a day. >> word of a deal sent stocks rumbling back up. >> mr. snowden is accused of
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leaking classified information. >> even if you're not doing anything wrong you're being watched and recorded. >> we did not spy on anyone except for valid foreign intelligence purposes. >> the website has not worked as well as it should. >> crashes. >> if you like your plan you can keep your plan. >> now they're being told they can't. >> i do make apologies for not having executed better. that's on me. >> help me, i'm amanda berry. i have been kidnapped and i've been missing for ten years. and i'm here, i'm free now. >> due to amanda's brave actions, these three women are alive. >> i will not let the situation define who i am. >> overturned, obviously, very ecstatic. >> equality. >> i declare you lawful spouses. [ speaking a foreign language ] >> they call him the people's pope.
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♪ welcome back. 2013 was the year of viral ads, some of them were funny, and some of them, well, they just fell flat. >> some ads were moving and inspiring while others became the topic of water cooler discussions. abc's chris connelly shows us the most memorable spots. >> reporter: everyone loves it when a clydesdale finally fondly reunites with its longtime owner. ♪ landslide >> reporter: to the strains of stevie nicks for budweiser or will ferre will ferrell. or race car driver jeff gordon for pepsi max. goes undercover on a revved-up test drive.
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or jean-claude van damme romps with volvo trucks. ♪ who can say where the road goes ♪ >> reporter: but in a 2013 kind of lacking in water cooler worthy commercials what made for a delightful or a disastrous ad depended on your point of view. >> what made them buzzworthy, they were longer, had better narratives, used things like viral pranks to kind of get people to share them online. >> reporter: and this much-buzzed about commercial. >> bill, you can chip your pants. >> i can't wait to ship my pants. >> i just shipped my pants and it is very convenient. >> very convenient. >> reporter: appealingly funny or appallingly vulgar. or have hump day ad, will it make you laugh? >> guess what today is? >> it is hump day. whoo-hoo! >> reporter: or long for the gecko.
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>> looking for businesslike might help, too. >> reporter: it was a big year for epic ads like this one, a two-minute spot for the ram truck. with the late paul harvey's ode to a farmer. best of the year ads may be rare but can flourish in any medium. >> somebody to seed, feed, weed and plow. >> reporter: chris connelly, abc news, los angeles. >> when they're memorable, they really are. i remember every single one of them, especially hump day. i can't tell you how many wednesdays we here, john and i, we were doing the you know what day it is, it's hump day. >> i like the van damme one. i think i can do the splits. >> you think you can? >> no. >> you can't tease me like that. come on now. hey. >> that is us. >> that is us. >> get a free one. >> you get to watch one, you get a free one to watch. >> costs a lot of money. >> this is abc's "world news now" informing insomniacs for
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making news in america this morning -- the sun is rising on another new year. we'll take you around the world for a look at the celebrations as millions ushered in 2014. old man winter already making its mark on the new year with subzero temperatures. and what could be a major snowstorm for parts of the northeast. plus, a health scare for former first lady barbara bush, why she's waking up in a hospital this morning. and a well-deserved break today for wall street. the dow ends the year on a high note, as the market gives back investors much of what they lost in the past few years. good morning, everyone. happy new year's day. i'm muhammad lila, filling in for john muller. >> and i'm

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